Variety Speakers Willie Tyler & Lester

Show business Legends, Willie Tyler and Lester, are a lovable ventriloquist act – just don’t ask Lester! Willie and Lester began their act in local variety shows and talent contests. After four years in the U.S. Air Force, Willie returned to Detroit and a few years later signed with Motown Record Corporation. For the next eight years he and Lester toured with all the Motown greats; Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, Little Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and The Four Tops. Back in the day, Lester says he was a member of The Four Tops when they were called, The Four Tops and a Stick!

Their TV credits are impressive, with appearances on The Tonight Show (NBC), ABC Weekend Specials, “Pacific Blue,” (USA Network) “In The House, (NBC) “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” (ABC) and their very successful appearance on “The Late Show Starring David Letterman.” (CBS) They have also been seen in numerous TV commercials: McDonalds and Maxwell House Coffee to name a few.

Musical Ventriloquist, Willie Tyler is also an accomplished song writer. He has written several compositions. Some for his jocular sidekick, Lester. During his years traveling with the Motown artists (Motortown Review) Willie started publishing songs (Wil-Les Music.) Some are humorous and some are down right “Thought Provoking.” 

Lester is a humorous little fellow and he sings pretty good, too! Although he was born in the woods and worked his way out. Once you have seen him in action, you will never forget this little “chip off the old block!” “Saw me open and count my rings.” That’s the answer Willie Tyler’s little buddy gives when asked how old he is.

Willie Tyler and Lester are a clean and quirky duo that can work any room, big or small, young or old- and leave ‘em wanting more. 

Recent Venues and Famous TV Debuts

Television & Special Events

The Tonight Show – NBC
The Late Show Starring David Letterman – CBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live – ABC
The Merv Griffin Show
Pacific Blue – USA
In The House – NBC
The Jeffersons
Hollywood Squares
The Parent ‘Hood
What’s Happening Now!!
The White Shadow
American Bandstand
The Flip Wilson Show
The Statler Brothers Show
Match Game
Family Feud
The Vin Scully Show
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
The Simpsons

Coming Home

Maxwell House Coffee
Hires Root Beer

Special Events
BET Comedy Awards
Soul Train Music Awards
Motown Returns to the Apollo
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars

Clubs & Corporate Events

Performed With
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Diana Ross and The Supremes
The Temptations
Marvin Gaye
The Four Tops
Stevie Wonder

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